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STEPPIN’ UP FOR STEFFY SNUBS AND FLUBS Ralph Friedgen defended Jordan Steffy to the press Tuesday

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Sen. Cardin Under Armour to outfit Athletics varsity teams touts Dem. Contract will bring Terps $17.5M, sportswear for all 27INSIDE platform at union talk BY JEFF AMOROS Senior staff writer

The Athletics Department announced yesterday it has signed a five-year deal with Under Armour Inc. stipulating the athletic-wear company founded by

Nonpartisan town hall meeting takes on left-leaning tone BY BEN PENN Senior staff writer

Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) yesterday spoke to more than 100 people in a town hall meeting at Stamp Student Union that was designed to inform students of the issues surrounding the presidential election in a nonpartisan manner. But praise of Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama’s policies were still sprinkled throughout the event, leading to some interesting debate between the senator and critics but also conflicting with the intended nature of the session.

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university alumnus Kevin Plank (class of 1992) will provide uniforms, shoes and apparel for all 27 varsity teams. Athletics Director Debbie Yow said at a news conference yesterday the contract will provide the department with $2 million in var-

ious apparel products and $1.5 million in cash per year, for a total of $17.5 million over the five-year period. The contract can also be extended for two additional years. “There’s an old coaching saying

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SECRET Victoria’s Secret puts a spin on Terp gear with line of lounge wear BY MARISSA LANG Staff writer

I see London, I see France, I see — Testudo? In an attempt to capitalize on the college market, Victoria’s Secret has developed a new line of collegiate gear that targets university students, called the Pink Collegiate Collection. Featuring 32 universities in the line, the clothing is available online and in stores in the area near the featured schools. There are 20 stores throughout Maryland and Virginia that carry the Terp collection. Unlike the clothing found at the University Book Center, the Victoria’s Secret brand displays a softer side of Testudo, often exhibiting him surrounded by pink hearts or sporting the Maryland “M” amid a background pattern of the Pink puppy logo. Retailers hope this variation on the mascot will help to attract female students looking for a new and trendy way to show off their Terp pride. “A whole bunch of girls came in to buy shirts for the football game,” Tomia Washington, co-manager of the Victoria’s Secret store in the Mall at Prince Georges, said. Though some of the items are expensive — a fleece varsity-style jacket goes for $118 — other items — like a three-pack of Maryland pride underwear, a Testudo T-shirt or a tote bag — are only $25 to $30 each. Retailers say sales have increased steadily since students returned to College Park. “We’ve been selling a lot more lately, because the kids are all coming back to school,” Washington said, noting that during this weekend alone sales increased from 30 percent to 50 percent each day.

Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) spoke about national and international issues he thought were important before opening the floor to questions from the audience. ADAM FRIED/THE DIAMONDBACK

DOTS: Bike registry slow to attract students Despite giving free locks to participants, fewer than 100 join program BY JEANETTE DER BEDROSIAN Staff writer

The Transportation Services Department is struggling to find students to participate in its recently revamped bicycle registration program, Transportation Services officials said. Registration has been slow since Transportation Services officials announced they would take over the formerly police-led initiative, Transportation Services Director David Allen said. Registration through Transportation Services will help track stolen bikes, alert students who are parked illegally before impoundment

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McKeldin Mall sprinklers disrupt movie showing BY MARISSA LANG Staff writer

Students spread out under the stars Monday, hoping to enjoy an outdoor showing of Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby on McKeldin Mall, received a rude awakening when sprinklers turned on and sent startled students running for cover. About an hour into the 9:30 p.m.



Students clamor for cover after company mistakenly sets up event in wrong location film, with students sitting on the ground, lawn chairs and blankets, the sprinklers along the library side of the mall went off. Students cleared the area, grabbing their valuables in a desperate scramble to save digital cameras

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university sprinkler system is set to go off at a specific time every night, a fact that many feel SEE should have taken into account when planning the outdoor movie. “I thought it was hilarious, because the sprinklers go off around the same time all the time, and the fact that SEE didn’t think to take that into consideration — it’s

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Helping with ‘everybody’s first day of college’ The Diamondback talks to community assistant Caitlin O’Hearn about the hustle and bustle of this year’s move-in process BY BRADY HOLT Senior staff writer

Move-in can be a hectic experience for students and their families (especially during this past Labor Day weekend). But if you think moving yourself in is hard, try moving in at the same time as hundreds of freshmen and their families. The Diamondback spoke with sophomore education and history major Caitlin O’Hearn, a community assistant in Denton Hall on North Campus who worked the dorm’s front desk during move-in.

The Diamondback: How did your move-in day as a CA compare to the day you moved in yourself? Caitlin O’Hearn: It’s a lot more crazy, because now I have to help a whole bunch of people move in, not just me. So I have to check people in, make sure they have their room condition reports [and] enter things into the computers. Things got crazy, running into all the other CAs that were doing the same thing. DBK: What makes it so crazy? O’Hearn: You have between 600 and 800 students in this one building. I was here a week and a half before [students] came, making sure everything was going to be smooth. We had to make little key packets so everybody [got] the right key; make sure the keys actually [worked]; we had to have [students] actually sign in; we had to monitor all the elevators to make sure they didn’t get backed up. And there weren’t a whole lot of people working

here. Write that in your thing, that more people should come and apply for a CA job at the Denton desk. DBK: Did your training prepare you for this experience? O’Hearn: Oh, definitely. DBK: No surprises? O’Hearn: No, not really. Except for all the things with the parents. “My son doesn’t have a tall enough bed.” I mean, that’s not really something I can fix. DBK: Any other experiences with students’ families? O’Hearn: I was at the bookstore and one of the parents recognized me and decided to talk to me a whole lot. We also

had a lot of little kids helping; they were just all over the place. I think the little kids, if they had stayed at home, would have helped the whole move-in go a lot smoother. They didn’t affect me or any of the other CAs, but I’m sure for the people who were actually doing the moving, it was like, “Ah, these stupid little kids, get them out of my way.” DBK: Anything else memorable from move-in? O’Hearn: I guess I can’t think of anything that special about move-in. I mean, it’s everybody’s first day of college — I guess that was special. Everyone was really excited.

DBK: Why did you decide to become a CA? O’Hearn:: One of my sorority friends worked at this desk last year, and I [used to live] on the seventh floor, and I’d see her all the time. She said the pay isn’t amazing, but you get to know a whole bunch of people, and it’s fun. I’ve been here two weeks [now], and I’ve had so much fun just working here. I’ve spent, like, 13 hours a day just sitting at the desk, not even for my shift. We play cards, we watch movies and watch all the drunk freshmen come in. It’s fun.

Sophomore education and history major Caitlin O'Hearn stands behind the front desk of Denton Hall during one of her shifts as a community assistant. JAMES B. HALE/THE DIAMONDBACK



Police crack down Under Armour gear not ready on drunken driving for all teams until next year The second sobriety checkpoint in 13 days to be held on Route 1 Thursday BY KYLE GOON Staff writer

University Police on Thursday will conduct the second sobriety checkpoint on Route 1 in less than two weeks, a time frame officials described as uncommon. Having two checkpoints 13 days apart is “shorter than usual,” police Spokesman Paul Dillon said, though he would not say why police are holding them so close together. The last university sobriety stop, on Aug. 22, led to eight driving under the influence arrests, Dillon said. The scheduled stop is part of a regional campaign against drunken driving called Checkpoint Strikeforce. The university usually conducts at least three checkpoints a

year in conjunction with the program: one each in the spring, summer and fall semesters, Dillon said. During a checkpoint, officers block off a lane of the roadway and stop cars to determine if the driver seems to have been drinking. If a driver appears to have been drinking, police may perform a Breathalyzer or other sobriety test. Thursday’s checkpoint will be held on Route 1 between Campus Drive and Regents Drive, Dillon said, the same location as the previous checkpoint. Police forces in Maryland, Virginia, Delaware, West Virginia and Washington participate in the Checkpoint Strikeforce campaign.

New line brings out the feminine side in Testudo SECRET from Page 1 “The jackets went really fast, surprisingly,” she said, despite being the most expensive item in the collection. For those who have grown tired of bookstore Terp gear and want a different option, Victoria’s Secret offers an alternative, compromising nothing but Testudo’s masculinity. “I think it’s really cute,” said sophomore ecology and evolution major Sara Eckert. “I saw some girl wearing [one of the Pink T-shirts] in Disney World, and my mom really wanted me to get one, too.” The Pink brand, already a wardrobe staple for many college-age girls, is more appealing than the regular, runof-the-mill clothing available on and around the campus, students said. “I think most people just think it’s really cool that such a big brand featured us,” said sophomore finance major Amy Karidis. “Lots of people I know love the Pink stuff, and so the fact that they’re featuring Maryland makes it even better.” Because it is a line of clothing manufactured specifically for women, the clothing is better fitted for them, as opposed to the fit of the usual unisex sweatpants and T-shirts. “I already have stuff from the book-

store; I like [the Pink line] better,” said sophomore business major Bari Leff. “I bought a sweatshirt and sweatpants from Victoria’s Secret, and they fit a lot nicer.” Though other schools like Clemson University and Boston College made the cut, this university was the only one in the area to receive a clothing line. Victoria’s Secret says it is considering other schools for next year and offers shoppers a place to submit the name of their school for consideration. Despite other schools’ envy, many Terps are not impressed. “I wouldn’t wear it. I hate when they make sports logos too feminine,” said sophomore art history and psychology major Emily Morin. Having Testudo surrounded by hearts and the word “Pink” also raises some doubts as to what extent rival schools will be able to “Fear the Turtle,” other students said. “[The T-shirts] all have these little pink hearts on them, and I just don’t think Testudo needs to be that effeminate,” senior English major Danielle Clifford said . “I mean, they’re really cute and comfortable, but I would probably still buy stuff at the bookstore.”

CONTRACT, from Page 1 that goes something like this: ‘Good, better best. Never let it rest until your good becomes better and your better is the best,’” Yow said. “I say that as an old basketball coach, and that’s what we think we’ve done. We think we have the best in apparelprovider, and it’s just going to be an amazing relationship.” Under Armour previously had contracts with the football, men’s soccer, men’s lacrosse, women’s lacrosse and field hockey teams, Senior Associate Athletics Director Chris Boyer said. Boyer said the outfitting deal officially starts Jan. 1, 2009 but most teams will be in Under Armour-tailored uniforms starting this fall. Under Armour Director of Communications Diane Pelkey wrote in an e-mail yesterday the agreement with the university is “the first school deal of this magnitude” for the company, which is based in Baltimore. At yesterday’s news conference, university President Dan Mote, football coach Ralph Friedgen, men’s basketball coach Gary Williams, women’s basketball coach Brenda Frese and Yow all stood by as Plank unveiled the new uniforms for the three teams. Both Williams and Frese remarked after the conference that they were pleased with the level of input Under Armour let them have in creating the new uniforms. Plank emphasized the company’s existing connection with the Athletics Department and said after the news conference that he viewed the relationship as a mutually beneficial partnership, allowing Under Armour to use the connection to “prototype and test” new products on university athletes. “On a personal note, it’s a real coming home,” said Plank, who played football at this university and founded Under Armour during his senior year at the business school. “It’s a big deal. What I told Debbie throughout the whole negotiation was, ‘Product is one thing, money is another thing, but the fact of the matter is when Maryland wins, it just makes me happy’.” While most teams will sport Under Armour jerseys in the near future, many will need to wait on footwear. According to Boyer, the company does not yet make athletic shoes for volleyball, wrestling and competitive cheer, and men’s and women’s basket-

College Republicans argue against Cardin’s energy solutions CARDIN from Page 1 Cardin, who has served on the foreign relations committee with Sen. Obama (D-Ill.) and his vice presidential selection Sen. Joe Biden (D-Del.) during his two years in the U.S. Senate, stressed the importance of instituting a new energy policy to reduce the country’s dependence on foreign oil, cutting down its involvement in foreign wars and decreasing greenhouse gas emissions, all while insisting Obama understands the need for such a policy. Cardin encouraged students to participate in the presidential campaign, regardless of which candidate they support, discussing in an interview after the town hall meeting his confidence the young demographic will come out to the polls in November. “Looking at the Democrats I met with here today, there is interest here at the University of Maryland,” Cardin said after the meeting. “We know the young voters can make a huge difference. The campuses across this country can make this election.” The senator opened his talk by reminding everyone of his last trip to the university — two years ago, when he was campaigning for his senate seat and brought a pre-presidential-candidate Obama along for the ride. “After [Obama’s] speech, my daughter said, ‘Dad, this guy should be president,’” Cardin said, before citing Obama’s ability to connect with people and give them hope as his main strengths. When delving into the nation’s economic woes — and in particular the energy crisis — Cardin received a mild ovation from the crowd with his denouncement of offshore drilling. “We have 3 percent of the world’s oil reserves. We use 25 percent. We can’t just drill our way out of this problem,” Cardin said. In a more intimate conversation with students, mostly members of the College Democrats, immediately prior to the meeting, Cardin addressed the economy’s

impact on the election. “This election shouldn’t be close. … The economy is in the tanks. Normally, economic issues dominate how people vote. People can’t afford health care, gasoline,” Cardin said. “But it is a close election. Republicans know how to run elections. They’re really good at this.” College Democrats secretary Angela Gentile, who sat in attendance, believed the senator spoke on issues such as health care and offshore drilling with a sense of authority and experience. “He’s a really good speaker. It doesn’t seem like he’s only been a senator for two years,” said Gentile, a junior history major. Cardin, who served as a U.S. Congressman from Maryland’s third district from 1987 to 2006 and is an alumnus of the university’s law school, followed his economic rhetoric by stating that the second most important issue facing the next presidential administration is education. “We need to make college education a lot less costly than it is today. That’s a matter of priorities. Where will the next president put his resources?” Cardin said, adding that reallocation of funding from Iraq is necessary to improve education. Following his speech, Cardin fielded questions from more than 10 students and local residents, several of whom showed great concern for the environment. The senator responded by explaining his role in the WarnerLieberman bill, the Senate’s failed spring effort to address global warming that Cardin said “would have been the strongest bill dealing with greenhouse gasses” had it been enacted. Cardin went on to imply Obama’s election would increase the likelihood of the bill’s eventual enactment. Cardin struck a chord with senior mechanical engineering major Phil Hannam with his speech’s tactful choice of topics. “I was glad that he put emphasis on energy and environmental issues. I think he connects well

with students,” said Hannam, who was among the students who stood up to query Cardin. “I think he was wise today to speak about issues that affect University of Maryland students.” But one student leader, College Republicans president Chris Banerjee, a junior government and politics and history major, disputed the viability of Cardin’s policies. “Senator Cardin can talk as long as he’d like about energy independence, but the sad fact is the Democrats on Capitol Hill are not committed to finding real solutions to this crisis,” said Banerjee, who was unable to attend Cardin’s talk but said he is familiar with the senator’s energy views. Banerjee, who supports presumptive Republican presidential nominee John McCain, was also concerned the university is not holding similar town hall meetings with local Republican politicians. “I think it was a little bit onesided if [the university] only invites Senator Cardin to speak,” Banerjee said, mentioning the College Republicans’ desire to invite Congressman Roscoe Bartlett (R-Md.) to the campus this fall. The university’s director of federal relations Rae Grad said Cardin’s staff contacted the university to set up the appearance and the university takes a nonpartisan approach to scheduling political events. “Anybody who approaches us, it’s always the same. If they ask for a room, if it’s a town hall meeting, we’re open to all,” Grad said. As for Cardin’s overall message, his examination of the issues came across equally clear as his support for Obama. “If you believe we’re all in this for ourselves, well, that’s McCain,” Cardin said, referring to the economy. “I’m not going to tell you these are easy solutions, but I can tell you we are going to make progress under Barack Obama.”

Gary Williams shows off the new Mens Basketball Under Armour jersey after the conference Tuesday afternoon. ALLISON AKERS/THE DIAMONDBACK

ball, soccer, track and field, tennis, golf and cross country and won’t provide footwear for those sports for the coming school year. Additionally, the company does not yet manufacture uniforms for competitive cheer, gymnastics, swimming or water polo. The teams for which Under Armour does not provide footwear or uniforms will continue making deals for those products individually with providers, Boyer said, as teams did prior to this agreement. Under the contract, however, Under Armour retains the right to begin outfitting those teams with footwear or uniforms once Under Armour starts making them. Pelkey wrote in an e-mail that the company has set up a timeline for

completely outfitting all 27 teams but didn’t specify dates as to when each team would receive the uniforms and footwear. Despite the delay some teams will face in obtaining Under Armour uniforms and footwear, Yow said she was very pleased with the way the negotiations turned out. “Love that it’s Under Armour. Love the quality of the product. Love the fact that it’s the brand that people in their teens and 20s wear now,” Yow said. “It’s just the right time to be doing this. It doesn’t hurt that Kevin played football for us and is an alum, so off the field it’s very personal.”

Students lack interest in bike registry REGISTRY from Page 1 and inform the department of flaws in the university’s current bike system by asking for feedback from bicyclists. The new registration will also make the process more convenient for students by offering multiple registration locations while keeping the records available to both University Police and Transportation Services, according to police Spokesman Paul Dillon. Transportation Services is giving the first 100 registrants a certificate for a free U-lock and still has some remaining, Allen said. Allen said he did not plan on advertising the program much, as its turnout doesn’t impact his department in any major way. He said he had hoped to get student feedback on bike-friendly changes that can be made on the campus, but he is not financially invested in the bike registration turnout. “If a student does not read their e-mail and does not read the mail they get, they won’t [find out about registration]. Some of it is wordof-mouth. We’re starting the registration in a rolling manner, and it

will be slow in the beginning,” he said. “It’s going to create a community of bicyclists on campus so we can contact them to be a part of committees, for input surveys, all those types of things,” Allen said. “If you’re not a bicyclist, you may not get it. But bicyclists are a very like-minded, niche group. They will want to register to be able to fill out these surveys.” The community created by this registry, Allen said, will be able to give its opinions to a consultant recently hired by the department to create a report with suggestions to making a more bike-friendly campus. Transportation Services would not lose money by a lack of participation, but hopes its input could help the consultant better survey the campus, Allen said. For Kevin Harnish, a senior civil engineering major, registration with any of the campus’s locations is too much of a hassle. He said he never has a problem finding an open bike rack and sees no reason to register. “It’s kind of a pain. I don’t think it’s worth it,” he said. “It’s a pretty cheap bike, so I’m not too con-

cerned about losing it.” In fact, Harnish did have his bike impounded once for chaining it illegally outside of the North Campus Dining Hall. “I came out and I saw some guys laughing at me. They had cut the lock, but I got it back,” he said. Both Harnish and sophomore philosophy and business major Bonnie Han say a warning before having their bikes impounded is a motivator to register. “That’s an incentive, definitely,” Han said moments after chaining her bike to a building’s window grate. “If you look outside of Jimenez, there are bikes on the railings, on the chain fence, on the lamp posts. … It’s really hard for bikers to find parking.” The registration information will be available to both Transportation Services and University Police, most likely through webbased access, Dillon said. The Department of Public Safety will remain a “satellite location” where students can register, among other offices to be named later, he said.

SEE to plan another movie night MOVIE from Page 1 awesome,” said junior marketing major Alex Gorman, who, like many who stayed dry during the chaos, was amused by the spectacle rather than disappointed that the movie was canceled. “I’m kinda disappointed because I went to see the movie, but at the same time it was pretty funny to see all those people get soaked,” junior journalism and sociology major Julia Russell said. “I mean, we were just watching the movie and out of nowhere people just started screaming and running away!” SEE officials were less amused.

Although officials said the event should have gone off without a hitch, a miscommunication between the SEE coordinators and Any Excuse for a Party, the company that provided the screen and projector, led to the movie being shown on the wrong side of the mall. “We planned for the event to be set up on the other side of the mall,” SEE President Maggy Baccinelli said. SEE had previously arranged for the sprinklers on the administration building side of the mall to be shut down for the night, Baccinelli added. “Once everything was set up where it was, no one thought about the sprinklers,” she said.

“It was no one’s fault; it was just a mistake.” Despite the unfortunate outcome of Monday night’s event, Baccinelli said that, in the upcoming weeks, SEE will be discussing the possibility of rescheduling the event, though she wasn’t sure if it would feature the same film or a different one. Students say the sprinklers did not dampen their spirits nor would they deter them from attending future SEEorchestrated events. “I would definitely go again,” Russell said. “It was a great idea — for the short time that it lasted.”
















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Call and response

Take it to the house


n late spring 2007, the Department of Resident Life announced rising sen- prioritizing goals, the university will become more successful and will better iors would no longer be allowed in on-campus housing. Suddenly home- satisfy its clientele. The Strategic Plan is the clearest articulation of the univerless, hundreds of seniors scrambled to find lodging off of the campus, furi- sity’s vision for the coming decade, and these lessons are crucial as we begin its ous they didn’t receive more warning. There are two important lessons to implementation. The Strategic Plan contains many ambitious new initiatives to enact in the be learned from Resident Life’s bungled action and subsequent improvement. The first lesson is the need for clear communication. Last spring, when a coming decade, but also describes the university as a “chronically under-funded institution.” The plan notes that the university “faces housing crunch loomed large once again, Resident Life preached more than $600 million in deferred maintenance, a shortimpending doom for rising juniors. They repeatedly announced age of space for current programs, faculty, and students, that, according to internal projections, as few as 150 juniors would be able to remain in on-campus housing. Resident Life’s improved and insufficient levels of investment in technology and liservices.” And if the last decade of budgets in AnThe dire projections frightened droves of juniors to off-campus response to the housing brary napolis indicate anything, it does not seem likely that will housing, unexpectedly allowing Resident Life to house every junior who remained in the lottery, eliminate forced triples and crunch sets an important change in the coming decade. Administrators must openly decide whether they will quads and house hundreds of transfer students. Though some example for the rest of first address these basic shortages or pursue new initiastudents might grumble that they were unnecessarily pushed into the university. tives. Shortages can be addressed in many ways, including off-campus housing, it is without question preferable to emphasizing more optimistic projections and having to eject those expecting housing. by limiting enrollment, capping enrollment in specific academic programs or The second lesson is the need to prioritize goals, particularly when working with even reducing the number of academic offerings. Taking such measures might free up the resources necessary to execute the a tight budget. When faced with limited resources this past spring, Resident Life joined student leaders to debate the merits of potential solutions, including con- plans that will propel this university to meet its goal of becoming a top-10 public verting University Courtyards apartments to accommodate more residents and institution within the decade. Deciding which sacrifices to make, and in what manner, should be done publicly and with a wide range of input — in a word, prohibiting rising seniors from leasing apartments in South Campus Commons. The lessons learned extend far beyond housing. By improving dialogue and fairly.

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Back to school: The plane and simple truth


ost columnists like to start their first column of the year by offering some sort of advice to incoming freshmen and returning students. Instead of offering you advice you could just as well read in The Complete Idiot’s Guide to College Survival, I decided to do my part to stimulate the economy by offering you some suggestions of practical items you can buy for your dorm or apartment. Most people like to go back-toschool shopping at their local Walmart or Target. On my flight to Fort Lauderdale, Fla., I decided to go to a higher authority and check out Sky Mall, the handy guide to everything you’d ever need at 30,000 feet. You already overpay for housing, textbooks, tuition and food — why not overpay for everything else? Because you live in either a dorm, apartment building or house


COHEN with tons of other people, your mom probably told you to lock your door at night for safety’s sake. The “Door-Jamming Security Bar” takes this one step farther. Why worry about your resident assistant busting up your party when this security bar is guaranteed to keep him or her out? The security bar makes “a forced opening … virtually impossible.” Coming in at a safe $29.99, this item is a great addition for security-conscious freshmen or off-campus residents. You know how everyone tells you to always wear sandals in the dorm shower? Along those lines, the less

you touch in there, the better. A “Touch-Free Soap Dispenser,” coming in at a clean $34.99, offers the perfect solution. The item description says it best: “You wash your hands to get rid of germs and bacteria, so why risk touching a soap dispenser that sits out all day being touched by dirty hands?” With the university’s recent crackdown on dining hall thefts, the days of stealing ice for your inroom beverages may finally be over. That’s why you need the next item: “Retro Ice Cube Maker.” While the $249.99 price may be a little too hot, just remember — with the hundreds of $6-an-hour jobs available on the campus, it should only take a few months to pay off that credit card bill. Your parents may have told you to eat healthy and exercise, but we all know that’s a challenge at the dining hall. While the director of

Dining Services may have changed, the food hasn’t; while the Campus Recreation Center’s name has changed, its location hasn’t. When the walk to the Eppley Recreation Center is just too far, this next item saves the day, or your scale. Coming in at a light $199.95, the “Foldaway 39 Exercise Gym” is perfect for the dorm student on the run. Weighing in at just 45 pounds, “this exercise gym easily folds to store under a bed or in a closet.” On my descent toward Florida, I was still looking for one missing item: textbooks. Seems even Sky Mall had a hard time finding a way to charge more than the University Book Center for that history book you’ll never open. And I thought they had everything. Joel Cohen is a junior government and politics major. He can be reached at

Drinking: MADD madness and the booze blues


hen thousands of sunbathed and pre-gamed students flooded the fraternity houses near Route 1 last weekend, I was alongside them. My goal was to gauge the students’ views on lowering the drinking age, as University President Dan Mote was one of 129 administrators nationwide to sign the Amythest Initiative, a proposal that encourages debate on lowering the drinking age. A vomiting sophomore, keeled over the City Hall lawn, provided some of the most insightful testimony I received. “Mote really stepped up to the plate,” the student said between heaves. “At least he agreed to some shit.”

I’d also like to thank Mote for “agreeing to some shit,” but it’s not enough. Mote ought to take a direct stand for students’ rights to make personal decisions about drinking. To me, this is an argument about freedom, not safety. After nearly 25 years of the 21year-old minimum, we are only now starting to reconsider the impact of this arbitrary law. Some of the nation’s most prestigious universities have circumvented it on their own by encouraging Good Samaritan policies. We haven’t. “If you can go to war and die, you should be able to go out and have a drink,” goes the cliché, repeated by a new freshman looking for a fun time last Saturday. I loved the blue print pattern on her



dress, but loved her compelling response more. I must say I was shocked by the large number of participants in my Saturday survey of slurredspeeched students who said they agreed with the drinking age. The Department of Transportation estimates 1,000 lives per year are saved by the current legal-drinking-age law, and students said the study makes sense. Supporters of

Mothers Against Drunk Driving have even called it science. But I say 1,000 people are statistically meaningless in a country of 300 million. By MADD’s argument, we should probably just try prohibition again. The number of deaths would probably fall slightly more. And I’m sure they’d agree we should outlaw one-night stands for anyone under 21. We’d probably slightly reduce the number of new HIV patients as well. The same argument goes for driving, flying, undergoing elective surgery and eating at Taco Bell. Nathan Cohen is a senior journalism major. He can be reached at

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he university is a large and sometimes intimidating place. With about 25,000 undergrads, more than 300 student groups, 27 varsity sports teams and more than 100 majors, it’s easy to slip through the cracks. The beauty of this university, however, is that getting involved and voicing your opinions about issues you want to see changed is extremely simple and even more gratifying. The university’s Residence Halls Association strives to foster this mentality. The RHA is one of the university’s most prestigious student-government organizations. It focuses on issues concerning the on-campus student body. The organization comprises student representatives from the 13 hall/area councils on the campus. These students are elected to voice their constituents’ concerns regarding Resident Life, Residential Facilities, Transportation Services and Dining Services. As representatives for the premier lobbying group for on-campus students, the senators sit on committees where they meet with the directors of the four aforementioned departments. In addition to the policy-related branch of the RHA, the hall/area councils include other positions aimed at building a sense of community in their particular residential area and, ultimately, the campus as a whole. In the past year, RHA members worked to serve their constituents by improving the university. For example, you may have noticed late night at the dining halls during finals week began last semester. In order to better convenience the student population, the RHA consistently met with the Department of Residential Facilities to push for wireless Internet and peep-holes in all residence halls. The RHA has also continually voiced a desire to reform Nite Ride. Students were frustrated with the long wait time, and as a result, additional resources have been allocated to Nite Ride. The RHA was also the first student group to endorse the Campus Drive alignment of the Purple Line after several presentations and much contemplation. Underlying all of these accomplishments was the constant passage of legislation aimed at making our campus “greener.” To thoroughly tackle this initiative, the RHA created an ad-hoc sustainability committee which will advise university departments. Seeing students’ wishes recognized on the campus is an exciting experience, and for that reason, the RHA is always looking for more ways to serve the on-campus population. This fall will see the first mixed-gender housing pilot take place on campus, and the RHA is anxiously awaiting results. While the RHA was triumphant in encouraging Dining Services to eliminate focus dates for sophomores, we will continue to advocate for the complete elimination of focus dates for all students. In reaction to the exciting political climate, the RHA will also be working with Terps Vote, a committee devoted to encouraging student involvement in the national elections. Finally, the RHA will continue to lobby the Board of Regents for more student housing to ensure that students can obtain the living experience they desire. As you can see, the RHA is a great way to positively affect the on-campus environment. Not only does the organization serve as a tool to mediate change, but it is a great way to get involved, forge relationships, and make this large university feel a bit smaller. To learn more about the RHA please visit and All are welcomed and encouraged to attend our open house Sept. 10, where students can ask specific questions and gain insight about all available positions. Hall/Area Council elections will be taking place on Sept.16 and Sept. 17. Don’t miss out on an amazing opportunity to make a difference on your campus. After all, what have you got to lose?

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orn today, you are a lively individual, always looking out for something new to pique your interest and lead you into situations that are novel, unique and fascinating. Life, to you, is nothing more than a source of boundless opportunity, and you’re just the kind to take advantage of all that it has to offer in your lifetime. You like to try everything at least once — and this is something that may well get you into more than your share of trouble when you are young. Later in life, instinct will be tempered by good old common sense.


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Students needed to work in education/ behavior program with autistic boy. Starting at $15.50/hr., 5 miles from campus. Flexible scheduling: mornings, afternoons and weekends.

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ACCOUNTING ASSISTANT Established Beltsville distributor needs dependable, self-motivated, articulate individual with math, computer, Internet and good organizational skills. Monday-Friday, daytime hours. Good salary!! Call 301-595-4627. IINTERNSHIP/PAID: Wanted- Aggressive, outgoing, go getter, to work with broker at SMITH- BARNEY. Call Jay Gulati, VICE- PRESIDENT at 301-657-6358.

Admin. Asst./Shop Manager Leading Beltsville construction company, 6 miles from campus, needs motivated individual to assist project manager and oversee small warehouse. Reliable transportation & typing a must with proficiency in Excel & Word. Spanish language a plus. MWF 6:30-12:30, 18-24 hrs./wk. during school year, full time opportunity during summer and breaks. This is a real job with real responsibilities. $13.25/hr. to start, reviews and raise potential after 6 mos. Contact via email with resume attached to Telephone contacts not accepted.

Office Assistant needed at medical facility. Part-time entry level position for self-motivated, detail oriented individual with great computer and organizational skills. Science background helpful, not necessary. Needed Mondays and Wednesdays fall semester. Email resumes to or call 240-554-0384.

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Silver Stars Gymnastics is hiring. Our teaching environment offers fun, positive, play-based learning for children. Experience in gymnastics, dance or childcare a plus. 3 locations – Silver Spring, Rockville & Bowie. E-mail

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A-1 Uniform Sales Company is seeking enthusiastic employee, well-spoken and hard-working. Flexible hours available. Located only 3 min. from campus. Send resume to or fax it to 301-277-0200.


Cashier/Stockperson Part-time evenings, 2-3 times/week. Must be 21. No experience necessary. Apply in person. Village Pump Liquors 4901 Greenbelt Road College Park, MD 20740


Greenbelt law firm has a part-time position available for student seeking experience in an Accounting Office. Excel knowledge is a MUST, familiar with bank reconciliations a positive. Great opportunity with flexible hours. Pays $12 an hour. Please send resume to

For busy GM service department. Full/Part Time. Duties include shuttling and washing service vehicles Monday-Saturday. Flexible schedule for students. For consideration contact Gary Citterman at Capitol Cadillac/Buick/Pontiac/GMC, Greenbelt, MD. Ph: 240-737-0361, fax: 301-441-2092, e-mail:

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for non-profit in Takoma Park. Must be motivated, reliable and friendly. Position for MWF with flexible hours, $13/hour, Metro adjacent. Visit us at, 301-891-2900.

Learning enhancement program in Olney, MD needs P/T help 3-6:30pm weekdays. Ability to work one on one w/students a must. References required. Contact Dr. Nicholson at 301-595-5959.



Exceptional young man (24) with cerebral palsy ISO energetic companion. Play video games, see movies, etc. Must love sports, music, have own car, clean driving record, sense of humor. Flexible, up to 20 hours/week at $15/hr. All majors acceptable, training provided. Email interest to

P/T Admin. Asst./Data Entry for afternoons, Mon.-Fri., times flexible, $12/hr. Office 2 miles from campus. Interviewing 9/10. Call Henry, 301-985-6250.

Estimating Trainee/Intern SPORTS COACHES NEEDED Leading Beltsville construction company needs estimating trainee for residential and light commercial construction. Typing and communication skills a must. Prior construction experience and/or knowledge of the construction process a plus. Spanish language a plus. Mileage reimbursement. Ideal candidate is a junior/senior in construction management, architecture, or engineering. Successful candidate can look forward to a permanent position with a six figure career potential. Company has been a niche leader since 1947. Morning hours 2-3 days a week. Flexible schedule. This is a real job, with a real company, with a real future. Contact via email with resume to Telephone contacts not accepted.

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Office Assistant Takoma Park company seeking self-motivated individual to support small sales office. Business experience preferred. Must be multi-task oriented & dependable. Proficiency with Microsoft Office. Excellent telephone skills. Flexible F/T or P/T weekday hours. Resume to: Please include hours available.

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GROUP LEADERS FOR AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS Credits in education, recreation or psych. required. Exciting working environment. Weekends free. Competitive salary. EOE. Position available 3-5 afternoons/wk. Hours 2:30-6:00pm. Center located in Bethesda. For more info. call 301-762-7420.

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COACHES WANTED. Variety of sports, dance & art classes for children 3-12 years. Looking to start for Sept. season. Classes in Bethesda/Rockville area. Flexible hours. Pay starts at $15/hour & up. Call 301-424-2401.

Commercial Real Estate Company in Bethesda seeks a student with computer skills for Projects Assistant position for 20+ hours per week. $10-$12/hour, free parking, flexible hours. Send resume to or fax to 301-654-6532.

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Need Some Easy Spending $$...? Looking for a responsible college student to help single mom with twin boys after school 2 days a week, until around 8 pm. Help includes homework and household chores. We live in Silver Spring inside the Beltway at Georgia Ave. Rates negotiable. Call Beth at 301-588-2771. PT/FT VET TECH. In Potomac/Rockville. 1 deal for pre-vet. 301-299-6900.

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Babysitting in Bethesda as well as other household duties. Flexible hours. Email; call between 9am-9pm: 301-365-3016. Working mom seeks after school care for two children (10 and 8 years) in Silver Spring. Must provide own vehicle. Hourly wage with gas reimbursement. Contact Catherine at 301-442-7763 or AFTER SCHOOL CHILD CARE. Responsible person needed to escort 11 year old boy to after school activities. Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Must have safe car, clean driving record, good references. Generous mileage and compensation.; 301-681-1449

PART-TIME BABYSITTER $15/hr., flexible daytime hours MTuW, 15-20 hours/week, for active 2 and a half year old boy. Must be energetic and enjoy playing w/children. In Chevy Chase DC near Military Road & Connecticut Ave. 917-535-5389.

PART-TIME NANNY – GAMBRILLS Needed for after-school childcare 3-6:30 pm. Must have car and references. Must start by Sept. 3. Contact Debbie at 410-305-0470 or

Driver/After-School Care needed for 15 year old girl Mon., Wed., Thurs. – pick up at school in Rockville between 3:30 and 7:00 and supervise at home. Downtown Silver Spring area. $15/hour. Call Irene at 301-563-6476 or email After school babysitting for 11-year-old girl, Silver Spring, 3 days/week. Must have car, non-smoker, references. 301-565-3914. AFTER SCHOOL HELPER. Family needs fun, patient, responsible person with good English, who wants to make a big difference for 9th grad girl with some learning disabilities, helping with homework, walking cute dog. Good pay, good neighborhood, good kid. Contact Judith at EVENING BABYSITTING for a sweet 9-year old boy with high functioning autism in Silver Spring. Needed 9/8 & 9/11, 5:30-7:30 pm, and on 9/10, 5:30-10:30 pm. Must have car and references. Future sitting opportunities possible. Reply to

Reliable babysitter needed for 18 month old 2-3 days 10-15 hours per week. $12/hour. Non smoker. References. Call Kirsten 301-585-3046


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Minutes from UMD. Renovated large apartment with its own entrance, 2 BR, bath, kitchen, living rm with fireplace, dining rm. Laundry rm is shared. Includes all utilities, internet & TV. Non-smoking. Rent $1200 S. Call for details, 301-996-6941.

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240-426-4355 Share two bedroom apartment. Large kitchen, table, chairs. Fully carpeted. Dishwasher, washer/dryer. 5 minute walk from UMD. Shuttle. Call Randall at 202-526-4693 Adelphi — 4 bedrooms, 3 full baths, ac, porch and carport. 3 miles from campus; on shuttle. $1800/month plus utilities. 703-569-8002.

Knox Box Apts. One Block from Campus – 2 BR for $1700 (will rent by room) – 2 BR for $1200 (for full semester or year) 301-770-5623/24 Email: Apartment, 1 bedroom. Walking distance. College Park metro. $895. 301-335-7345 WALK TO CAMPUS. 3 bedroom apartment with walk-up attic. Not a Knox Box! 4502 Guilford Road, Apt C. $1750. Call Kay Dunn: 301-699-1863.

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AN INDIE ROCK MATCH MADE IN HEAVEN Who says nothing ever happens in Spokane, Wash.? Wilco brought out opening act Fleet Foxes for a rousing version of the Bob Dylan anthem "I Shall Be Released" in the great north last weekend.

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A Los Angeles doctor stranded on a mysterious island. A struggling New Zealand singer-songwriter trying to get his break in New York. An eighttoed U.S. Army deserter. What do these people have in common? They all might have a bone to pick with the Emmys. Well, at least the stellar actors who play them might. And, considering the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences nominated Ellen Burstyn in 2006 for a role featuring less than 15 seconds of screen time (HBO’s Mrs. Harris), it is of little surprise that the Emmys, airing Sunday, Sept. 21 on ABC, produced some misfires again this year. Unlike the Oscars, where voters watch every film and give a truly validated opinion, Emmy nominations are awarded based on a screening of a single, out-of-context episode from each candidate. Thanks to this fundamentally flawed system, it doesn’t seem likely the Emmys will cut down its puzzling blunders in the foreseeable future. For example, take Weeds. Sure, the crude Showtime comedy’s third season never matched the quality of its first two, but the same cannot be said of its performances. Since quirky character Andy Botwin (Justin Kirk) showed up to crash with pot-dealing soccer mom Nancy Botwin (Mary Louise Parker) and then never left, Kirk has stolen scene after scene. Yet he continues to receive no love from the Emmys.

Also left out was Page Kennedy, who somehow made you both continue to fear and grow to love him as the intimidating drug kingpin, U-Turn. Speaking of snubbed supporters, what more does the severely underappreciated John Krasinski, who plays prankster Jim Halpert on NBC’s The Office, need to do for a nod? He may not have the outrageous material that castmates Steve Carrell (who plays Michael Scott) and Rainn Wilson (who plays Dwight Schrute) turn into comic gold, but he is a master of subtlety. NBC’s 30 Rock is one show that did receive plenty of recognition, leading the way with a whopping nine acting nominations. All the respect, though, makes it far too easy to forget about Jack McBrayer and his pitch-perfect turn as Kenneth, the soft-spoken page. Aside from Lauren Graham’s (who played Lorelai) seven straight snubs for Gilmore Girls, there has been no more egregious annual oversight in recent years than that of John C. McGinley. Even in the downward spiral that has been Scrubs’ (first on NBC and now switching to ABC) last two seasons, the 49-year-old continues to bring biting sarcasm and snappy wit to Dr. Perry Cox, the surly mentor at Sacred Heart Hospital. Of all the comedies, the one with the most legitimate gripe is HBO’s Flight of the Conchords. The dry musical seamlessly weaves its amusing songs into skillfully crafted storylines, leading one to wonder who possibly decided to once again nominate the underwhelming Two and a Half Men (CBS) instead. To make matters worse, the voters also spurned Jemaine Clement, who hilariously played a fictionalized version of himself on Flight of the Conchords. When it comes to the drama cate-

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gories, Michael Emerson (who plays Ben Linus) looks poised to give ABC’s Lost its second straight supporting actor statue. So isn’t it about time for the face of the show to get some credit, too? Matthew Fox (who plays Jack Shepherd) has carried Lost’s talented ensemble with poise and charisma since day one of the program’s thrilling four-year run, but he has never been a nominee for television’s most prestigious prize. Even though this past season of NBC’s Heroes was a major step back from the series’ promising first campaign, don’t blame Jack Coleman or Cristine Rose — the soothing presences of their secretive characters, Noah Bennett and Angela Petrelli, at least warranted consideration for

supporting nods. Yet, the academy did not name either actor to the semifinal list, let alone invite them to the Nokia Theatre for the ceremony. Most disappointing of all the omissions, however, is the latest dismissal of David Simon’s The Wire (HBO). Hailed by critics as one of this era’s greatest shows, the gritty drama was bewilderingly overlooked year-in and year-out, including its fifth and final season. Filmed in Simon’s home town of Baltimore, it would seem The Wire regrettably flew under the radar because it was based in a decidedly nonHollywood town. So, sorry Jack, Jemaine and Andy; it really is a shame.

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Injuries keeping Terps down BY AARON KRAUT Senior staff writer

Michael Marchiano, shown above playing last season, is one of several Terps dealing with injuries. FILE PHOTO/THE DIAMONDBACK

The Terrapin men’s soccer team took a red-eye flight home from Los Angeles Sunday night and returned with more than a basic case of jet lag. Injuries are starting to pile up, and even though most are day-to-day cases and a talented freshman class has arrived to add depth, coach Sasho Cirovski is taking no chances going into this weekend’s home opener against Hartford. Freshman Casey Townsend was injured and left in the first half of Sunday’s 1-0 loss against California. Freshman midfielder Matt Kassel suffered cramps in the game as well. Sophomore forward Jason Herrick sat out practice yesterday and didn’t play in the loss against Cal because of a foot injury from Friday against UCLA. “I definitely think Friday night’s game took a lot out of us,” sophomore Rodney Wallace said. “Injuries did also play a role in the [Cal] game, but we also had some other guys step up.” With both Townsend and Herrick unable



to play, freshmen Matt Oduaran and Alex Lee played forward and held their own, according to Cirovski. “There’s no question, they played significant minutes, and both played well against Cal,” Cirovski said. “Both are very capable guys. They are strong and athletic guys and are both physically tough.” Because freshman midfielder Kaoru Forbess is not cleared to practice due to a back injury and senior midfielder Michael Marchiano is still nursing an ankle injury, freshmen such as Oduaran and Lee are going to play significant minutes at multiple positions. Lee spent the entire preseason at leftside back. “Matt Oduaran and Alex Lee played great up top,” Wallace said. “We’re looking for those guys on the field that are able to step in and do their job.” Despite those performances, the Terps faded down the stretch after controlling

most of the game Sunday. After outshooting Cal 8-3 in the first half, the Bears steadily increased their offensive pressure in the second before scoring the game-winner with three minutes remaining. Cirovski will determine the status of Townsend and Herrick for Friday’s homeopener either today or tomorrow. Both players are expected to be back. But with the long-term injuries to Forbess and Marchiano, who has suffered through a long list of injuries throughout his collegiate career, the Terps’ depth will be tested. In Friday night’s 2-1 overtime win over UCLA, the Terps were able to bring players off the bench and get the tying goal in the final minute from sophomore substitution Sean Flatley. “Even in the UCLA game where we had to fight and scramble and get a bunch of bodies in where last year we could have petered out late because we didn’t have the numbers to put in there,” Cirovski said. “I think our depth already paid off.”


Egekeze to start; Portis likes Juice NOTEBOOK, from Page 10 practices this week. We’ll play the guy I feel can best help us win the football game.” Steffy and Turner were not available for comment. But Friedgen did promise that Steffy will make an impact again this season, saying his senior starter, who started the first five games last season before sustaining a concussion, will come in and win a game for the Terps at some point. “I’m like the father, and if you boo my son, I’m going to get upset,” Friedgen said. “That’s how I look at this kid.”

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Jordan Steffy (above) and Chris Turner lack the athleticism Josh Portis provides the Terps at quarterback. ADAM FRIED/THE DIAMONDBACK

Friedgen said senior kicker Obi Egekeze, who missed three first-half field goals against Delaware, had a good practice Monday and will keep his job. “He kicked the ball very

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well last night,” Friedgen said. “I’m hanging with him.” Each miss against Delaware was from more than 40 yards, and Friedgen said Egekeze, who was 17-23 on field goal attempts last season, needs some confidence. Portis said it’s the team’s job to keep Egekeze positive. “I was telling the guys on the sideline, we can’t get down on him,” Portis said. “We might need him later on in the season or later on in the game. If somebody makes mistakes, we’ve got to build confidence on them.” Friedgen praised Egekeze’s three kickoffs after Saturday’s game and said he knows from experience panicking about some early season misses would be a mistake. “I was with a guy a couple years ago, Nick Novak, who missed his first seven and now is the leading points scorer in the history of the University of Maryland,” Friedgen said. “Let’s not jump ship too soon.”

Be like Juice From making his first collegiate appearance in more than two years Saturday, Portis drew inspiration from watching other games around the country, especially the Illinois-Missouri match-up. The Florida transfer who ran the ball four times for 10 yards on his only four snaps, said he feels like he can best be utilized when he can drop back and look to throw or run, a la Illinois quarterback Juice Williams, whose Illini fell to the Tigers 52-42 Saturday night. “I thought Juice Williams did a helluva job with breaking containment and throwing the ball deep and giving his playmakers a chance to go get the ball,” Portis said. “I was thinking that’s what we’ve got to do. We’ve got to open that thing up. We’ve got to take shots.” Franklin said the Portis “package” is designed to give the team favorable match-ups that should have made his plays more successful, although several times the plays were affected because of errors in calling the play in the huddle. “He was a little nervous, and that’s completely understandable, but that’ll grow,” Franklin said. “We’ll run him again and throw him some more, and let that package grow.”




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either. Saturday’s 14-7 win against Delaware certainly wasn’t flawless, and this team is far from perfect. But the Terps did what they needed to do to get a win, and for now — and for each successive week coming up — that is all you can ask for. The Terps have plenty of talent, but with an unresolved quarterback situation and

some other thin positions (such as the defensive line), the Terps just aren’t going to breeze by anybody on their schedule. And as long as the Terps can keep finding a way to get the job done, the margin of victory is not really a concern. “The main thing is, we got a win,” coach Ralph Friedgen said. “And what we got to do is work hard and get another one next week. We’ll take it one week at a time and see where we end up.” Friedgen doesn’t even appear to be outwardly nervous about the quarterback controversy, a situation that seems so combustible it could

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Ralph Friedgen had to say what was on his mind. After a media member questioned senior quarterback Jordan Steffy’s confidence Tuesday, the Terrapin football coach could not hide his emotion. Friedgen raised his voice before the crowd in the Gosset Team House’s auditorium and said his beleaguered starter with an injured thumb deserved some slack. “I’ve got a kid who has done everything I can possibly ask him to do,” Friedgen said. “Would I like him to make some better decisions and throw some better passes? Sure. This kid to me is the epitome of what we want in this program.” Despite the passionate appeal on Steffy’s behalf, Friedgen said it was too early to name a starter for Saturday’s game at Middle Tennessee. Steffy’s status for the game is still up in the air. He had Xrays on his thumb Tuesday morning after missing Monday’s practice. Steffy tried to do some work on Monday, but

Despite going 0-3 on field goal attempts Saturday, kicker Obi Egekeze will remain the Terps’ starter, coach Ralph Friedgen said Tuesday. ADAM FRIED/THE DIAMONDBACK

offensive coordinator James Franklin told him to rest. The fifth-year quarterback dressed for practice Tuesday but did not participate. The results of the X-rays were not revealed, but Franklin called Steffy “very questionable” for Wednes-

day’s practice, which he would likely have to participate in if he hopes to start Saturday per Friedgen’s rules. In Steffy’s absence, juniors Chris Turner and Josh Portis split time with the first-team. All three saw action in Saturday’s 14-7 win against

Delaware, and Friedgen said he’d wait until later in the week to decide on a starter. “I’m not sure right now,” Friedgen said. “I want to see how Chris practices this week. I want to see how Josh

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Off-campus students find help in city’s services the red plastic cups often strewn about the city. If residents don’t have a For the increasing number trash or recycling bin, they of students living off the cam- should check with their landpus, the city of College Park lord to make sure the property uses the city trash offers many services service and not a that can help students “All private service. survive college life on recycled Once this is contheir own. Renters can start off paper, glass firmed, residents can call the city by visiting the city’s website, (www.col- and plastic for free trash and recycling, which go into the cles, according to lists links to the Prince College Park’s George’s County and same blue website. Shuttle-UM bus sched- container. Larger items, ules and utility compasuch as furniture, nies’ websites, such as Now, even can also be picked Pepco, Washington Gas the ‘flower up by the city on a and Verizon. College resident’s usual Park also offers its resi- of College trash day or on dents weekly refuse col- Park,’ Thursday or Frilection for both trash plastic day, but residents and recycling. must call first. “This year, for the cups, may These larger items first time, the city promust be on the vides single-stream be curb no later than recycling,” said Bob recycled.” 7 a.m. Ryan, director of public “We have used services, in an e-mail. the specialty trash “All recycled paper, BOB RYAN DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC pick up several glass and plastic go into SERVICES times,” said junior the same blue container. Now, even the ‘flower of Col- biology major Matt Tabisz. lege Park,’ plastic cups may be “This is because the previous recycled,” he said, referring to tenants left their trash outside. BY JESSICA BAUER For The Diamondback

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It was much more convenient than taking it all to the dump ourselves. It was simply a matter of a phone call, and then it was gone.” Geoff Smith, a junior fire protection engineering major, said he underwent a similar situation. “The special trash pick-up is by far the most useful [service] for me as an off-campus student,” Smith said. The College Park Public Services department also offers its residents safety inspections, and it is authorized and directed to check the condition of rental properties annually, according to its website.

and the city. “Pit bull dogs are illegal in Prince George’s County, and may be impounded and euthanized,” Ryan added. “Pooperscooper laws also apply when walking your pets.” Residents can license their pets at City Hall on Knox Road for a fee of $5 if a pet is spayed or neutered or $25 if a pet is unaltered, according to Ryan.

“Courtesy inspections are always available,” Ryan said. “Other towns around the university also provide courtesy inspections, as does the fire department in other areas of the county.” Students with pets at their College Park homes should be familiar with the city’s animal control policies. Ryan said all dogs, cats and ferrets need to be vaccinated and licensed in both Prince George’s County


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Students can find their niche in variety of campus groups BY BROOKE GILLILAND For The Diamondback

With a new school year underway, many students may be feeling antsy about finding their niche in this giant community called the University of Maryland. A deeper look, however, reveals just how easy it is to get involved. From religious organizations and sports clubs to an abundant variety of fraternities and sororities, engaging in something new and exciting is literally a walk away. Below are just a few of the opportunities the university community has to offer. With 22 social fraternities, 14 social sororities and many honors and service fraternities, the Greek system can make a large university seem more personal. Fraternity and sorority recruitment begins Sept. 4 with “Meet the Greeks” from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on McKeldin Mall. This opportunity allows interested stu-

dents to meet members from the different fraternities and sororities and collect information on upcoming recruitment events. For more information about fraternity events, visit For more information about sorority events, visit While football and basketball dominate the sports scene at the university, many different sports clubs are available for those who aren’t skilled enough to play at the Division I varsity level. From the ultimate frisbee club to the tennis club, all athletes can find their place. For more information, visit and click on “sports.” Religious organizations are also plentiful on the campus. For Christians, Maryland Christian Fellowship is an organization that aims to assist students in growing in their faith. Sunday services begin Sept. 7 at 11 a.m. in

room 2203 of the Art-Sociology building. On Sept. 8, MCF invites all students to a welcome party from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. in the atrium of the Art/Sociology building. For details, visit The Catholic Student Center offers free food and T-shirts at its Kickoff Cookout on Sept. 10 after 5:30 p.m. Mass. Visit for more details. For the university’s Jewish population, Hillel seeks to engage students with opportunities such as service projects, social events and religious services. Hillel’s opening barbecue is Sept. 4 from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The first Shabbat service is Sept. 5 at 6:30 p.m., with dinner following at 7:30 p.m. For more information, visit Habitat for Humanity, an organization centered on ending poverty and homelessness, provides students an opportunity to lend a hand around the

community. Weekly meetings allow students to meet people and sign up for events, such as build trips and the organization’s annual spring break trip. To get more information, visit or contact Brad Nolet at For those anxious to flex their political muscles in November’s presidential election, the university offers several clubs aimed at engaging students in their political beliefs, including College Democrats and College Republicans. Both groups aim to promote their political views on the campus through community service and events. To join College Democrats, visit and click “sign up.” To join College Republicans, e-mail the group at

GET INVOLVED! A list of upcoming events: ■ Who: Campus Greeks What: “Meet the Greeks” Where: McKeldin Mall When: Sept. 4, 5 p.m. ■ Who: Maryland Christian Fellowship What: Sunday services Where: 2203 Art-Sociology Building When: Starts Sept. 7, 11 a.m. ■ Who: Catholic Student Center What: Kickoff Cookout Where: 4141 Guilford Drive When: Sept. 10, after 5:30 p.m. Mass ■ Who: Hillel What: Opening BBQ Where: 7612 Mowatt Lane When: Sept. 4, 5 p.m.





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Curious Tattoo, located at 7420 1/2 Baltimore Ave., offers tattoos and piercings for students and city residents. ADAM FRIED/THE DIAMONDBACK

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Students who get tattooed or pierced in college do so for a variety of reasons, whether it be a sense of rebelliousness, symbolic expression or just for fun. College Park is home to two parlors — Curious Tattoo and Great Southern Tattoo Company — that can fulfill any student’s needle needs. Located on Route 1, both stores are booming with business, according to employees. Great Southern, at 9403 Baltimore Ave., has tattooed everyone from local athletes to members of Pearl Jam and was featured in a student film last year, said tattoo artist Matt Lautar. Curious, at 7420 1/2 Baltimore Ave., sees thousands of students from all over the East Coast during the school year, said a body piercer who prefers to be called Vinny D. Still, they said no real competition exists between the two.

“We all work together,” Vinny D. said. “We’re all here having the same goals; we’re doing a job that we love, putting out good tattoos, good prices. We don’t compete. We kind of more work side by side.” Great Southern was founded in 1979 by “Uncle” Charley and Sandy “Momma Moley” Parsons, Lautar said. The Parsons wanted to be close to the university and thought College Park would be a great place to raise their two daughters, both of whom would go on to be tattoo artists at Great Southern. Curious Tattoo was originally known as Artistic Inc., Vinny D. said. When an electrical fire destroyed that store, an employee at Artistic bought the lease and created Curious. According to Lautar, there are many reasons why students should choose Great Southern, which offers a 10-percent discount to those with student IDs for tattoos and peircings. “We are firmly dedicated to an excellent tattoo experience,”

located in Alexandria, Va. Vinny D. said employees at Curious are more than just people who can ink your skin, and the tattoo artist enjoys performing the tattoo just as much as the customer enjoys having it. He

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College Park on a shoestring budget BY JESSICA BAUER For The Diamondback

Going to college and being short on cash often go hand in hand. With classes to attend and clubs to join, it gets hard to squeeze in a job that keeps your bank account from crashing to zero. Make every penny count when you enjoy a day around town in College Park. Tight Budget— Less than $30

If you are looking to have a fun day in College Park without spending a fortune, meet up with some friends at AMF College Park Lanes on Route 1 for some bowling. Each game costs $4.25 per person after 5 p.m., plus an additional $4.70 for shoe rental. After bowling, try something new at Berwyn Café, a vegetarian restaurant located less than two miles from the campus on Berwyn Road. “My personal favorite is the

falafel … and our signature is the tofu gyro,” said Bob Fontaine, an employee at the café. Fontaine added Berwyn Café appeals to college students because it “offers healthy alternative food at a reasonable cost.” “I know from my college days that cost matters a lot,” he added. Grab the falafel for $6.95 and pair it with a 16-ounce glass of fresh carrot juice for $4.95. Then, end your day at the Academy 8 movie theater located on Green-

belt Road, about three miles from the campus. Tickets for a movie showing after 5 p.m. cost $7.50 with a student ID, bringing you in under budget at $28.35. Tighter Budget— Less than $20 There are still affordable things to do, even if your budget is less than $20. Take advantage of College Park’s close proximity to Washington and spend a day visiting some of the Smithsonian Institution’s museums.

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The ride from the College Park Metro Station to the Smithsonian Metro Station and back will cost $6.50. First, visit the well-known museums, such as the National Museum of Natural History or the National Air and Space Museum. Treat yourself to an IMAX film for $8.50 at one of these museums and then explore a lesserknown museum, such as the National Portrait Gallery or the National Museum of African Art. All of the Smithsonian Institution’s museums in Washington are free. Hop back on the Metro at about 5:30 p.m., when most of the museums close for the day, and head back to College Park. You’ve only spent $15 of your $20 budget, so stop by Rita’s on Route 1 for a tasty treat before going back to your dorm room. “Rita’s is reasonably priced, a nice place to hang out and sit with friends,” manager Gail Clements said. “And we have friendly workers — some are students.” She recommended the mango gelati, Italian ice mixed with frozen custard, for $3.05 and said it is one of the most popular flavors. You’ve spent a grand total of $18.05 on your day around College Park. Tightest Budget— Less than $10 If you are truly a college student on a shoestring budget and can’t afford to splurge, you still have options. Visit the College Park Aviation Museum off Paint Branch Parkway. The museum features exhibits that explain the history of the College Park Airport, the oldest continuously operating airport in the world, according to its website, At a price of $2 for students, it is incredibly affordable. After brushing up on your College Park history, take a ShuttleUM Bus to the Riverdale Park Farmers Market, located at the intersection of Queensbury Road and Rhode Island Avenue. The market is only open Thursday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., but it offers a lot to students. “We have a great selection of local produce, freshly made crepes, Korean food, mini doughnuts and freshly roasted nuts,” said Jim Coleman, the market coordinator. “The mini doughnuts are made right before your eyes,” Coleman added. “It’s cute. You

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right thing for them. DBK: While in college, there can be a large amount of peer pressure put on new students to participate in activities such as drinking and partying. How can students who do not want to be a part of these activities adjust to an environment where drinking and partying can sometimes be prevalent? Kandell: I think a lot of people get involved with partying and drinking because that’s the way they see themselves

able to succeed socially. They see that a lot of the people are doing it, and they think that if you want to be part of the group, then [you] have to participate, too. They want to be involved, so there is a pressure to do what the group is doing. For people not interested in drinking or partying, I think they need to find other social venues, like various clubs and organizations, or they can go into substancefree housing. They need to

find those places where people are congregating and drinking and partying isn’t part of the scene. People think that they need to go to the bars to find friends, when really there are many other ways to meet people and have fun. DBK: How can freshmen make the adjustment from the amount of homework and responsibility required in high

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even couples counseling. If people are having a tough time, we suggest group counTransitioning to college life seling, because it can give can be challenging. Will I get them a place to connect with along with my roommate? other people. We also have What’s it like to live in a dorm? career and major counseling. What about the homework Our services are far-ranging, load? The Diamondback spoke and whatever someone needs, with Jonathan Kandell, an we can handle. DBK: What would you say assistant director at the uniabout a student who versity’s Counseling has transferred Center, to find from off-campus answers to all your housing to on-camquestions about the pus housing and is adjustment process. having trouble adjusting to life in a The Diamondback: dorm? As the assistant Kandell: Well, director of counselpart of it may be an ing services, what is assertiveness issue, the most common where they are problem or challenge unable or are afraid that new students to talk to the people face while adjusting on their floor to let to campus life and them know that college? maybe they need to Jonathan Kandell: calm it down a little I think the most combit. They may also mon problem is the be uncomfortable feeling of loneliness talking to their [resor isolation. Someident assistant] and, times new students therefore, the RA feel like they are trymay say, “As long as ing to fit in, but they people aren’t comdon’t fit in. Another plaining, I don’t common problem is mind people having disappointment — JONATHAN a good time.” maybe some of their KANDELL The student may expectations of what ASSISTANT DIRECTOR also feel like they’re the college experi- AT THE UNIVERSITY’S stuck in that situaence would be like COUNSELING CENTER tion, which is not have not been fultrue. They should filled. ask for help and DBK: What kind of programs does the Counseling realize that they have some Center offer for freshmen? power in the situation, and that there are always ways to What about transfer students? Kandell: We are involved change and better the situawith both regular orientation tion. At the Counseling Center and transfer orientation, so we we can speak with them and provide information about the suggest different places to center to students and to par- hang out and study, other than ents. As far as actual pro- the residence halls. We also grams, we don’t have anything make them feel like they’re specifically designed for not helpless in the situation. freshmen and transfer stu- Being in a residence hall can dents. We provide solo coun- be very different, and maybe seling, group counseling and the residence hall isn’t the BY EMILY JACOBS For The Diamondback

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Kandell: Students should balance school, fun Q&A, from Page 6 school to the amount of homework and responsibility required in college? Kandell: Part of it is realizing that it is going to be different. They need to understand that this situation is very different from a high school situation. If students do the work on a regular basis, then they won’t get behind. If you’re having problems with a certain class or your workload, talk with your advisor, and they can help you. Every student needs to realize that in the beginning, their grades might not be where you want them to be, but as you get used

“You have to go in with the idea that if you’re having a roommate, they’re not gonna be exactly the same as you are — you need to work together; it’s not just gonna fall into place.” KANDELL to being on campus and the new routine, things will get easier, and your grades will improve. It’s also important to realize that this isn’t high school, and teachers don’t care if you’re in class or if you don’t want to do

the work. People have to find that part within them that says, “Look, I want to do well, do the work, be responsible and then have fun.” DBK: Can the transition from living with parents to living without parents be tough? Kandell: It’s a problem for some people. Some people may say, “I’m out of my parents’ house and can do anything I want,” and end up going to an extreme and don’t go to class and party just because they have the freedom to do so. They need to realize that it’s fine to have this freedom, but there is also a level of responsibility that comes along with it. If you’re coming to the university looking to get an education and succeed in a particular way, then there are certain responsibilities that you have, like making yourself go to class. Students should find some way to get some structure. Those who are able to structure things themselves can handle the transition a lot better. People who have been structured by their parents have a harder time. As far as the social aspect, for people who are socially awkward or who haven’t developed social skills in a sheltered environment, I would suggest social training and maybe group counseling to make some social connections. DBK: What advice would


you give to someone who is big store small.” If you have a having a challenge adjusting niche and place that you know to sharing a room with some- where you’re welcome, then one? What if they don’t get the adjustment will be easier, regardless of the size of the along with their roommate? university. I think Kandell: They need it’s harder here to talk to their room- “At certain because everymate and try to work things out. If they feel times, things thing is so big, but uncomfortable are going to it’s a matter of talking with a expressing themcounselor to work selves, they can come be on assertiveness to us, and we can help challenging skills and social them at the Counselskills. The transiing Center. I would and maybe tion is a huge one, also suggest some sort even and they have to of mediation, such as going to the [resident difficult, and realize that it’s a huge adjustment assistant] and having that’s and they’re not the them try to work out an agreement and normal. It’s a only ones going through it. work through the dif- very large DBK: If a new ferences. You have to student wanted to go in with the idea that adjustment get involved with if you’re having a ... everyone the university, how roommate, they’re not would they do so? gonna be exactly the is being Kandell: By same as you are — you stretched.” joining clubs that need to work together; they are interested it’s not just gonna fall in and where they into place. It becomes KANDELL would be socially an issue of standing up for yourself, but also being comfortable. Volunteering is able to cooperate and ulti- also a great way to get involved. There are volunteer mately work together. DBK: For students coming opportunities within departfrom smaller schools, the ments and agencies on camadjustment to a large univer- pus, as well as a service fratersity with more than 30,000 stu- nity. A lot of times it’s easier to dents can be overwhelming. connect with people when Can that adjustment be made you’re working on something, and when connecting isn’t the easier somehow? Kandell: Our basic services main reason why you’re there. can handle that. They need to Getting involved outside of the do what’s called “making the classroom is really important,

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Romping through grandma’s attic BY ANNA EISENBERG For The Diamondback

Imagine your grandmother’s attic. Now imagine it 20 times bigger. That is the only way I can describe my impression of Value Village Thrift Store on University Boulevard as I walk in for the first time. It’s a huge warehouse building lined with racks, shelves and aisles of an excess of stuff. To put it simply, I’m immediately overwhelmed. The first item that catches my eye as I pass by the women’s clothing section is a pair of bright pink stonewashed jeans. Even though they’re less than $5, I’m not sure who would pay money for these. As I continue to browse the racks, I see a pair of red — and exceptionally beat-up — hightop Chuck Taylors, some blouses that look vaguely like something my kindergarten teacher would wear for parent-teacher conferences and a

fluorescent beaded dress with tassels that could be from the wardrobe of The Cosby Show. Now I’m skeptical. Is any of this stuff going to be worth the little money it costs? But among the ridiculous items, there are also reasonably priced pairs of Ralph Lauren jeans, a J. Crew belt for $2 and an impressive selection of bargain books. What I discovered on my first experience in Value Village is that it’s less like shopping and more like digging for gold — you have to work for the payoff. I spent more than an hour in the thrift store, fishing through the countless racks and shelves, to find the deals I did. Value Village has been open in its current location in Hyattsville for 10 years, said Jennie Brydie, a manager at Value Village. Just a few minutes from the campus, you would think Value Village would be a regular trip for broke college students. “We get a good share of stu-

dents,” Brydie said. “But I think a lot of them don’t know we’re here.” Sophomore anthropology major Cass Yuill described herself as a regular at Value Village because of its inexpensive prices, which fit well with her college student’s budget, she said. “At Value Village, I can get clothing, shoes, accessories, belts, stuff to furnish my apartment,” Yuill said. “I got a cool Van Gogh print there that I have hanging in my room.” Value Village is able to provide its merchandise at cheap prices because it works in conjunction with multiple nonprofit organizations, including the Lupus Foundation of America and the Vietnam Veterans of America, Brydie said. Once you dig through the many things you don’t want, Value Village can provide a handful of useful, affordable buys. It’s up to you, though, to put forth the effort.

VILLAGE’S VALUABLES ■ Testudo: $2.82 Looking through the children’s stuffed animals section, I found a familiar face. Let this mini Testudo keep you company in your dorm room or apartment.

■ VHS tapes: $0.60 to $0.80 each Walking through Value Village’s VHS section is like walking through your childhood. If you have a VHS player on the campus, you can pick up classic childhood favorites, such as Aladdin, The Nightmare Before Christmas and D2: The Mighty Ducks for less than a buck a piece.

■ TV: $49.98 This 25-inch television could cost as much as $80 on craigslist, but Value Village had multiple televisions for less than $50. This bargain television is a reasonable size for an apartment’s common room.

■ Gumball machine: $8.98 This gumball machine is unnecessary, but undeniably cool. For less than $10, it’s a quirky addition to an apartment or dorm room.

■ Beer sign: $29.82 This Miller Lite beer mirror is a classy spin on typical college décor. –Compiled by Anna Eisenberg. Photos by Adam Fried

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Surfing the Web for campus, local fun BY ANNA KOWALCZYK For The Diamondback

As weekends roll around, many students opt for a night out in the city, but with so many opportunities, the search for an affordable yet fun event can be a challenge. The Diamondback found the best local websites to help plan your next night on the town. One of the university’s most popular resources, Free Stuff @ Maryland provides lists of free events on the campus. The website organizes events by month, ranging from career fairs and workshops to guest lectures and fitness events. Students are also able to submit their own free events to the site. The university’s calendar,, which lists all campus events, is also a great student resource. You don’t have to travel to the city or lose last month’s paycheck to see a great show anymore. The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center offers free or discounted shows to students

every week. Free tickets are available to students at 11 a.m. every Monday and are available on a first come, first served basis. When free tickets are no longer available, students can buy tickets for $7. In September alone, students can catch a poetry reading, Chinese theater and Astrorama, an eclectic show that promises to be full of surprises. Also available at CSPAC is “Chat and Chew,” where for $10, students receive pizza, a T-shirt, soda, conversation and tickets to an evening performance. For more information, check out the student section of CSPAC’s website or call 301-405-ARTS. Students seeking a taste of pop culture at student prices should check out the Student Entertainment Events website. Every year, SEE hosts a variety of performances, including music, comedy, lectures, movies and performing arts. Last year, university students saw Wyclef Jean, Simple Plan and Gym Class Heroes. SEE’s website provides movie schedules for the university’s own theater as well as any news of upcoming events. As the university’s SportsCenter, provides schedules for the university’s 27 varsity sports teams. Students can also use this site to request and claim free tickets to football and basketball games. Game tickets are free to all students and, when available, students can request up to four guest tickets as well.

Washington area. A subsidiary of The Washington Post Company, Express is the resource for the city’s nightlife with a young, hip twist. Visitors to the site can search by event, venue, location and date in three categories: events, restaurants and movies. All events can be plotted on the Metro, making the ride from Maryland to any event stress-free. Artsy and young, Washington City Paper is another resource for events in Washington. Users can search for events by nearly any genre, ranging from art exhibitions and comedy to professional sports, nightlife and “whatnot,” as well as by date. The site also reviews many of the restaurants and much of the music and art it lists so users can better choose an event to attend. Catering to the local fashionista, Daily Candy is “the latest need-to-know place for fun, food, and fashion” in the Washington area. The site localizes global fashion and beauty trends by reviewing local businesses that follow the trends. Users can search The Weekend Guide for workshops, music, art, theater and charity events. Also available is a free subscription to the Daily Candy newsletter that keeps subscribers updated on all upcoming events. Conventional yet thorough, The Washington Post’s weekend section is the ultimate guide to everything Washington. The site lists free shows and parties as well as weekend concerts and special events. Featured sections include Dinner Deals, MusicMakers, and NightLife with recommendations on where to find the best deals and most fun in the

Looking for a free show? The Kennedy Center, located at 2700 F St., offers a free show at 6 every night. Shows vary from vocals to instrumentals to theater, often with a global twist. No tickets are required. Students can take the Metro to the Foggy Bottom station, where a Kennedy Center shuttle stops every 15 minutes until midnight.

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Wawa store not to open near the campus BY JOSEPH FRYE For The Diamondback

A year after Wawa closed its doors on Route 1 and sold its last hoagie in College Park, a Wawa spokesperson said the company will not be opening a new store in the area, despite rumors otherwise. Wawa spokeswoman Lori Bruce said Wawa employees were glad students wanted a Wawa back and that they are constantly looking for property in the mid-Atlantic area they service, but at this time, they were unable to say a new College Park Wawa was being planned, despite rumors that a store near IKEA on Route 1 would open with a gas station. In opening a store, Wawa has certain specifications for the land it would consider for new locations, as listed on its website. The prototype calls for more than an acre of land, but Bruce declined to say if there is a specific location in College Park Wawa is looking at. “It is a long process, and we do not want to give false hope to anyone by telling them they are going to get a Wawa and then have something fall through,” Bruce said. In an e-mail about the closing of the store, Wawa customer service representative

“It is a long process, and we do not want to give false hope to anyone by telling them they are going to get a Wawa and then have something fall through.” LORI BRUCE WAWA SPOKESWOMAN

Tamyra Durnell wrote, “We make every effort to update our older stores rather than close them. We have considered as many options as possible here, but reality is that we can’t modify the store at 7356 Baltimore Ave. ... to meet our current standards.” The rumors surrounding the closing of the store may have been somewhat true. The latenight hangout had many thefts, according to old reports. Wawa representatives said the company regularly evaluates the performance of all of its stores, which can be found throughout the midAtlantic region.


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Know your representatives: City Government The government body with the most direct influence over students’ day-to-day lives, the College Park City Council, addresses such issues as noise violations, off-campus housing, public safety and downtown revitalization. Each year, the Student Government Association appoints a city council liaison who represents university students in a non-voting capacity. City council meetings are generally held Tuesday evenings. Mayor Stephen Brayman (301) 345-2547 sbrayman@

Bob Catlin (301) 345-0742 Jack Perry (301) 345-7526 District 3 Councilman and Councilwoman Mark Cook (240) 554-2231 markcook@ Stephanie Stullich (301) 864-6709 District 4 Councilwoman Mary Cook (301) 345-2375

Located in Prince George’s County, the university and the city of College Park lie within the jurisdiction of the Prince George’s County Council. Among its other responsibilities, the council has final approval of off-campus construction projects. District 1 Thomas Dernoga (D) (301) 952-3887 District 3 Eric Olson (D) (301) 952-3060

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The Diamondback’s guide to the area establishments Downtown College Park is home to five popular bars, all conveniently located within a one-block radius. Though you may not be 21, each offers fresh menus before late hours. Below, The Diamondback introduces you to the fab five — The Mark, the Thirsty Turtle, Santa Fe Cafe, R.J. Bentley’s and Cornerstone Grill and Loft.

Santa Fe Cafe is the only one of the local bars to regularly feature live music — usually in the form of local, student or tribute bands. The tribute bands can draw large crowds, but purchasing a ticket early in the week should guarantee entrance, and the bar lowers the entrance age to 18 for its shows. The $2 Coronas are a pretty good deal, as are the 50cent buffalo wings on Wednesday nights. But be careful — despite repeated begging from the College Park City Council, owner Mark Srour still hasn’t installed sprinklers.


If you’re in the mood for “bottles in the club” a la Lil Wayne, The Mark is one small (yet swanky) lounge that tries to offer a little more class to the college bar scene. Patrons can purchase drinks by the bottle, and the rows of plush couches make for a more intimate setting. Still, with the blaring Top 40 techno mixes, pulsating lights and packed partygoers, it can sometimes feel more headache than hip.


Amidst a backdrop of classic Terrapin jerseys and old license plates, R.J. Bentley’s has found a niche customer base in College Park. Frequented by a large Maryland student-athlete population, Bentley’s attracts everyone from football players to competitive cheerleaders. It features a range of music from country to oldies and a topnotch menu with a variety of food options. Just don’t go in with bare feet because they’ll stick to the floor.


The Thirsty Turtle is notorious for long lines that can wrap all the way around the corner. But once inside, this popular hot spot has two bars downstairs with a small dance floor and DJ, and a full club and bar on the upstairs level that often features cover bands and DJs. Intended to give off a college feel, the upstairs is a tribute to the university, complete with Testudo and Greek letters. But the large dance floor fills up pretty quickly, and can feel like a sauna with all those packed, dancing Terps.


Cornerstone Grill and Loft is a popular happy hour destination for students, with good food, drink specials and outdoor seating. Its lower and upper levels are filled with tables and bars, but Cornerstone isn’t the place to go if you are looking for more of a party atmosphere. There’s music but little dancing. There’s plenty of college students, but it’s also fairly popular among the older locals. And while the prices aren’t bad, there’s not much in the way of night-time drink specials to actively attract a younger crowd.


–Compiled from staff reports




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grown Mutsus, Gingergolds and many other exciting varieties.” Buy a small bag of doughnuts and two pounds of apples and call it a day. Overall, this inexpensive day cost you $8.50, bringing you in $1.50 under budget.

Kevin Reed, a senior art major, said he appreciates that Curious employees work with their customers. Reed has had 11 tattoos from Curious, and collaborated with his tattoo artist for a number of them. Reed initially went to Curious because it was within walking distance of the campus, but said has stayed because of the relationship he made.

Christine Jubert, a sophomore journalism major who was tattooed at Curious last October, added the employees at the store were funny and entertaining. For many, a tattoo or piercing stands as a symbol of something special in their lives. Jubert said she chose a musical note for her tattoo because music has been a large part of her life, while Emily Farbman, a senior hearing and speech major whose

having the same goals, we’re doing a job that we love, putting out good tattoos, good prices. We don’t compete. We kind of more work side by side.” VINNY D. BODY PIERCER AT CURIOUS TATTOO

grandfather survived the Holocaust, had the words “Never Forget” tattooed in Hebrew. Reed uses tattoos to permanently commemorate important events and philosophies in his life. Deborah Kadish, a senior English and studio art major, said she has been to Curious for plenty of piercings, including her belly button, rook, tragus and daith. She pierced her daith based on a story she heard about the piercing, saying it is meant to act as a filter for what you hear. Regardless of the reason, many students saw college as a great way to try something new. Stephanie Ostroff, a sophomore journalism major who had her belly button pierced at Curious, said she thought her belly button piercing would be a great way to start off college. “It’s a fun way to express your personality and your independence when you get to college,” she said. At Great Southern, being close to the university lends to a certain atmosphere. Lautar said he loves dealing with the college crowd. “A number of UMD students visit us every semester to enjoy our service,” he said. “To make a mark or mark a moment. To assert their freedom or their dedication. To praise the Lord or to raise a little hell. Each person comes with their own reason for getting tattooed, and we like dealing with them all.”



Freshmen anticipate life in College Park BY CHRIS ECKARD For The Diamondback

As the fall semester kicks off, the incoming freshman class is not only looking forward to what the university has to offer, but also its surrounding cities. With football games, free movies, comedians and dance parties, what’s not to like? “I really can’t wait to explore the different stores and places to eat in College Park,” said freshman Mary Giuffre, a history and romance languages major. “I am ready to experience more than what I have known for the last 17 years of my life.” For one, College Park has much to offer in terms of restaurants, such as California Tortilla, Applebee’s, Varsity Grille and Ledo Pizza, an Italian restaurant founded and located on nearby University Boulevard. “The first restaurant in any chain always seems to offer the best taste, and [this restaurant] is no exception,” said Robert Perrotta, a freshman physics major. “Coming from an Italian background, I love their pizza and other dishes.” Students can also access cities outside College Park by using the nearby Metro station. Freshmen said they are looking forward to the Metro as an important form of transportation for traveling, sightseeing and even returning home. “If my parents or siblings ever need me to come home

for the weekend to help them out, or if I want to catch one of my sister’s soccer games, I know that I will always be able to take advantage of the Metro,” said Colleen Carr, a freshman mathematics major. Using the Metro, students can travel to the nation’s capital, shopping, concerts and more. “There are a bunch of museums that I would love to go see,” said freshman Zach Field, an international business major. “I remember visiting D.C. with my school, and the International Spy Museum and the CIA museum were awesome. I would like to go back to see what changes they have made.” For sports fans looking to go outside the realm of the university’s many club and varsity teams, Baltimore and Washington can help fill the void. The Washington Redskins, Wizards and Nationals all claim home to the Washington area. Furthermore, Washington, a prime location for offcampus jobs or internships, is home to many Fortune 500 companies, law firms, government offices, major publications and lobbying groups. “I love keeping up with the hometown teams, like the [Baltimore] Orioles and [Washington] Wizards,” said Steve Esposito, a freshman criminal justice major. “Now I can take a 20-minute ride anytime and catch a game.”


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